What to do
With record numbers of humpback whales (30,000+) migrating up Queensland’s coast and back to Antarctica through Noosa’s waters between July and the end of October, there are many wonderful sightings of these amazing mammals. If you’re lucky enough to see (or hear) a whale, it’s something you’ll never forget.
Here are some of the ways you might enjoy this incredible experience in Noosa and nearby:
*Cover image courtesy of Whalesong Cruises
Whales and their newborn calves can be spotted from vantage points along the eastern beaches from Sunshine Beach to Sunrise, Peregian and Coolum, where a coastal boardwalk provides great viewing.
Whales can also be seen from the Noosa National Park headland if they are in close. Just look for the spray of water into the air as they “blow” when they rise to the surface to breathe. Or look for a splash anywhere between the offshore buoys and the horizon as they poke their head, fin or tail out of the water. There will also be a gigantic splash as they breach, launching their whole bodies out of the water.
Epic Ocean Adventures (pictured above) do guided kayak tours to Double Island Point from Noosa, and often have stunning, close-up encounters with whales.
Ever wanted to swim with some of the most majestic and largest animals on earth in their natural habitat just off of Noosa? You now can with Noosa Wave and experience a truly life-changing moment as you swim with whales, and the occasional dolphin.
From Mooloolaba - just 30mins south of Noosa Sunreef and Whale One do whale-watching tours from Mooloolaba to the warm Sunshine Coast waters.
From Brisbane - Brisbane’s Moreton Bay, less than 2 hours south of Noosa, also has whale-watching tours with Brisbane Whale Watching.
From Hervey Bay - the whales spend time with their young in the calm waters of Hervey Bay, about a 2.5hr drive north of Noosa, and there’s a great range of half-day or full-days boat tours that take you close to the whales. Get up close on-board Tasman Venture (who also have a swim with the whales experience), Spirit of Hervey Bay, Whalesong Cruises or Freedom Whale Watch & Charters, and be back in Noosa for dinner!
Sunreef Mooloolaba were the first in Australia to offer the chance to swim with humpback whales – you can’t get much closer than that! Tasman Venture in Hervey Bay also offer an incredible swim with the whales experience.